The overall goal of ID fellowship is to expand infectious diseases knowledge and clinical management skills in diverse aspects of infectious diseases. All fellows will embark on scholarly activities in preparation for their next post-fellowship step, whether it is a focus on clinical education, clinical/translational/bench academic research focus, public health, or industry. All ID fellows will be expected to be productive in ID scholarly activities, with presentation of their investigations at local and/or national meetings and conferences, resulting in publications. This will assure that all ID fellows gain expertise in networking within the local and national infectious diseases cadre of physicians who have selected ID as their chosen career. A minimum of two years clinical activity is required to meet ID ACGME board requirement.
UAB Infectious Diseases Fellowship: Two Tracks
Historically, UAB ID fellowship has consisted of two tracks:
1. clinical-educator track – generally 2 years; and
2. clinical, translational, and/or bench research track – generally 3 years.
These decisions are arrived at based on scholarly interests/avocations; professional career goals, family, and external circumstances (e.g., VISA issues that impact total years of commitment).
Beyond a UAB Infectious Diseases Fellowship: Next Steps
Our ID fellowship program is flexible in accommodating the scholarly activities and interested of each individual ID fellow. We will work with each ID fellow to secure funding at each level of training, including access to the ID training program grant and other training grants during their second –fourth years of training. In the clinical-educator focus, we will help provide additional clinical experiences related to:
- Additional rotations (services/clinics), depending on interests (e.g., outpatient transplant ID clinic, outpatient UAB Highlands ID clinic, inpatient A consult service, etc.);
- Infectious diseases in Oncology (e.g., Dr. Donna Salzman – UAB Division of Hematology/Oncology);
- Infectious diseases in a more rural setting (e.g., Dr. Wick Many, Division of Infectious Diseases at UAB Montgomery);
- The Gorgas Course in Lima, Peru (led by Dr. David Freedman, UAB Division of Infectious Diseases and William C. Gorgas Center for Geographic Medicine; and
- Other international experiences (e.g., Zambia, Peru); and
- Didactic sessions at either IDSA, ICAAC, or SHEA (by providing support to 1 meeting per ID fellowship to one of these meetings, plus additional meetings as supported by mentors to present academic accomplishments during ID fellowship). In the clinical, translational, and/or bench research track, the goal is to identify an area of research early (before October in year one) and to get started, anticipating a third year of fellowship. All ID fellows will have access to research training, including:
a. The mandatory 2-week CTSA course: ”Vocabulary of Clinical Research (held in September each year);
b. Clinical Research Training Program (CRTP), and
c. Masters degrees (UAB SOPH); (b) and (c) are based on interest.